Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Chocolate: Riches

Chocolate: Riches
from the Rainforest

By Robert Burleigh

Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 2002

Grades 4-7

A mouthwatering look at the history of chocolate, this volume is the juvenile companion to the Chicago Field Museum exhibit on chocolate's importance to mankind. It details the use of chocolate, first by the Aztec and Mayan Indians, through its discovery by the conquering Spaniards and finally the mass-produced forms we enjoy in today's modern world. Wonderful photos and creative use of graphics and layout make this book appealing to the eyes and mouth as well as the brain. The Chocolate Exhibit will travel to Houston's Museum of Natural Science from February 14-May 9, 2004.

About the Author

Robert Burleigh is the award-winning author of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books for children. His work is often praised for its artistic merit and design. Burleigh won the Orbis Pictus Award for his 1992 picture book, Flight: the Journey of Charles Lindbergh. Other books he has written include Goal, Hoops, Home Run: the Story of Babe Ruth, and Into the Air: The Story of the Wright Brothers and the First Flight. He is the father of three children and lives with his wife in Chicago, Illinois.


  • Graph the number of each M&M color in a bag of the candy.

  • Estimate the number of wrapped chocolate candy in a jar.

  • Write an acrostic poem using CHOCOLATE.

More, more, more...

  • Burford, Betty. Chocolate by Hershey: a Story about Milton S. Hershey. Carolroda Books, 1994.

  • Catling, Patrick Skene. Chocolate Touch. Laureleaf, 1994.

  • Pellaton, Karen. The Official M&M's Brand History of Chocolate. Charlesbridge Publishing, 2001.

  • Smith, Robert Kimmel. Chocolate Fever. Yearling Books, 1978.

  • Woods, Samuel G. Chocolate: from Start to Finish. Blackbirch Press, 1999.


Chicago Field Museum

Chocolate Activity Ideas

Sticky Sweet: Chocolate Thematic Unit

Rainforest Information

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